Allan Martin

Allan Martin

Oil on Linen
40 x 50 cm

Oil on linen
40 x 50 cm

Oil on canvas
60.9 x 30.3 cm

Oil on linen
80 x 29.5 cm

I am drawn to creating images which have simplicity, to achieve a sense of reality but not a direct translation, to include a shift, something present which is not fully explained or known. Most of my recent paintings explore themes which demand the work be monochromatic.

I held a first exhibition of paintings in London in May. Through the recommendation of Fru Tholstrup, Director, Haunch of Venison, London, who thought my exhibition beautiful and my work stunning, THESE DARK WOODS | BASE was taken for the permanent collection of Babington House (curators Francesca Gavin & Jonathan Yeo). This first exhibition elicited many positive comments, the skilfulness of the work was often mentioned as was it's emotional resonance. Strong sales and commissions were also achieved..

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May 2012, Solo exhibition: WHO SHE IS & OTHER WORK, a series of paintings and ongoing themes, Gallery One, Vyner Street, London. Recent work in the collection of Babington House; Annie Lennox; Michele Clapton (costume designer: Game of Thrones, The Devil’s Whore); private individuals.

BACKGROUND: For most of the last ten years I worked in collaboration with close friend Annie Lennox. The idea of our exploring photography together, became a series of portraits with Annie as the subject. Images were used for her album ‘Bare’, press and publicity worldwide, tour brochures and an exhibition in New York which I curated. Our collaboration evolved with my becoming her visual director and designer, working on further albums, websites, videos and latterly collating and recording her considerable archive. Recently our portraits were included in exhibitions at the V&A, London; Lowry Centre, Manchester and Aberdeen Art Gallery. In 2011 two portraits were acquired for the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Prior to this, having left Glasgow School of Art with a Diploma of Art in Printed Textiles I moved to London. Through my drawings I was invited to work for a band signed to EMI, further work followed and graphic design became my self taught profession, clients often being from music and fashion. Working closely with Richard Butler on various projects for The Psychedelic Furs remains a particular highlight.